Sopheab (in the photo), aged 32, is a weaver and she is also a vegetable farmer. She has been married since 2004 and has two young children and has just now given birth to one more baby. Her husband, Vansy, aged 42, is a motor taxi driver. The family lives on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sopheab is requesting her first loan of $600 to buy seeds, fertilizer and pesticide for her vegetable farm and to purchase weaving materials for her weaving business.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.